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COLLEGE BASKETBALL / 2000-2001 PREVIEW | USC

Schedule

November 16, 2000

Saturday: BRADLEY, 7:30

Tuesday: SAN DIEGO, 7:30

Nov. 25: LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, 7

Dec. 2: Utah (Wooden Classic), 2:30

Dec. 5: CS NORTHRIDGE, 7:30

Dec. 9: at UC Santa Barbara, 7

Dec. 14: PEPPERDINE, 7:30

Dec. 21: Pearl Harbor Classic, 10

Dec. 22: Pearl Harbor Classic, TBA

Dec. 23: Pearl Harbor Classic, TBA

Dec. 27: at Northwestern, 5

Dec. 30: LONG BEACH STATE, 5:30

Jan. 4: *WASHINGTON STATE, 7:30

Jan. 6: *WASHINGTON, 7

Jan. 11: *at UCLA, 7:30

Jan. 18: *at Arizona, 7:30

Jan. 20: *at Arizona State, 3

Jan. 25: *OREGON, 7:30

Jan. 27: *OREGON STATE, 7

Feb. 1: *at Stanford, 7:30

Feb. 3: *at California, 5

Feb. 8: *UCLA, 7:30

Feb. 15: *ARIZONA STATE, 7:30

Feb. 17: *ARIZONA, 11 a.m.

Feb. 22: *at Oregon State, 7:30

Feb. 24: *at Oregon, 7

March 1: *STANFORD, 7:30

March 3: *CALIFORNIA, 5

March 8: *at Washington, 7

March 10: *at Washington State, 1

Home games in CAPS; all times Pacific

*--conference game

ROSTER

DAVID BLUTHENTHAL (Forward)

No. 34, 6-7, 220, Junior

Bluthenthal proved he was a worthy starter, averaging 13.9 points and 8.3 rebounds. After undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in October, it is questionable whether Bluthenthal is ready to become one of Pac-10's elite players.

GENNARO BUSTERNA (Guard)

No. 14, 6-3, 205, Junior

A transfer from McCook (Neb.) Junior College, Busterna was the Nebraska junior college player of the year. Coach Henry Bibby is looking at him as a midrange shooter off the bench.

KOSTAS CHARISSIS (Center)

No. 15, 6-11, 250, Sophomore

Sam Clancy's injury got Charissis playing time last season, but the native of Athens, Greece, didn't do much, averaging 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds while trying to learn the American style of play.

SAM CLANCY, (Forward/Center)

No. 50, 6-7, 240, Junior

It was no surprise the Trojan fortunes went south last season after Clancy broke his foot. He is the Trojans' top inside threat. Clancy needs to be a better free-throw shooter (59.7%) because he will draw fouls.

DESMON FARMER (Guard)

No. 33, 6-4, 225, Freshman

Farmer was one of the nation's top 50 recruits, but a left knee injury scared off some colleges. USC coaches think that in time Farmer could be one of the best one-on-one players the team has had since Harold Miner.

BRANDON GRANVILLE (Guard)

No. 5, 5-9, 175, Junior

Granville, who averaged 13.1 points, is the Trojans' floor leader. His 248 assists were a school single-season record, he needs 122 more assists to become USC's career leader, and his 8.3 assists average led the Pac-10.

NATE HAIR (Guard)

No. 1, 6-3, 200, Sophomore

Once again, an injury--this time a tendon strain--will keep Hair from starting the season with the rest of the team. When healthy, Hair is energetic on defense and loves the three-point shot (40.3%).

ROBERT HUTCHINSON (Guard)

No. 4, 6-1, 195, Sophomore

Hutchinson transferred to USC after one season at Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) Junior College. If he learns Bibby's system, Hutchinson will give Granville the relief he did not have last season.

LUKE MINOR (Center)

No. 30, 7-3, 320, Freshman

The tallest player recruited by USC, Minor was a redshirt last season after undergoing surgery to correct hammer toes on both feet. He is still considered a project for the future, but should get limited minutes this season.

TYLER MURPHY (Guard)

No. 25, 6-5, 190, Senior

Murphy, a fifth-year senior who sat out last season, is a transfer from Vermont. The Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High graduate's role for now is to provide long-range shooting off the bench.

BRIAN SCALABRINE (Forward/Center)

No. 24, 6-9, 250, Senior

The Trojans' top player is a legitimate All-American and Wooden Award candidate who also has the attention of NBA scouts. The remaining questions: How far he can carry a team, and can he keep from wearing down?

JEFF TREPAGNIER (Guard)

No. 12, 6-4, 195, Senior

One of the most exciting players in college basketball, Trepagnier, who averaged 15.9 points and 6.6 rebounds, was the only player to finish in the top 10 in five Pac-10 offensive categories.

JARVIS TURNER (Forward)

No. 2, 6-8, 230, Senior

USC's sixth man was limited to seven games last season by a broken foot, and was granted an additional year of eligibility. Turner would like to be remembered for more than grabbing an opposing player while on the bench.

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